Informal Process

The College encourages individuals to discuss issues and attempt to work out differences in a non-confrontational manner. This informal process is defined as the verbal discussion between the student and the staff or faculty member most closely associated with the concern. The informal process is intended to encourage a satisfactory resolution to a complaint at the earliest possible time; however, the informal process is not a mandatory step in order to access the formal process.

The Associate Dean of Student Success and Support is the designated college-wide ombudsman. The ombudsman is not directly involved in any formal complaint or grievance process, but will be available to inform the student on his rights and College processes for informal or formal complaint and grievance procedure. The Equity Officer is the designated ombudsman for staff, faculty and adjuncts.

Filing an Informal Complaint

An individual who believes that he/she is the victim of discrimination or harassment should file a complaint with the Equity Officer. This will require that the complainant contact the Equity Officer and complete a grievance input form, identifying himself/herself, the respondent, the date(s) that the incident(s) took place and the place(s) of the alleged discriminatory action(s), describing the alleged incident(s) and identifying the resolution sought.

10 Business Days

Once the Equity Officer receives a complaint, he/she has ten (10) working days to contact the appropriate College official to arrange for the official to attempt to resolve the differences between the complainant and the respondent. The Equity Officer will monitor the progress of the grievance resolution and, if no satisfactory resolution is achieved within the allotted time frame, escalate the matter to the Associate Dean.

10 Business Days

The  Associate Dean has ten (10) business days to attempt to resolve the differences between the aggrieved student and the respondent. The Campus Associate Dean and the Equity Officer will document the case, including the allegation, the settlement attempts, and any resolution reached and provide copies of this memorandum to the Dean.